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HOWTO: Allow downloads in IE on Windows 2012 and 2012 R2

This is something I run into from time to time, and figured I’d make sure I wrote down in case anyone else is still seeing this.

On a fresh installation of Windows 2012 and 2012 R2, you’ll find that file downloads are disabled by default. This is not a debate about whether you should or should not be downloading files from the internet on a server OS, but instruction on how to change this behavior, should you wish.

The error you’ll see, typically if you’re going to download Google Chrome as a browser, looks like this:


For searchabilty reasons, the error is “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded”.

What you need to do to overcome this is:

1) Click the GEAR icon in the upper right corner of IE:



2) Click on the SECURITY tab, then CUSTOM LEVEL:


Note that you are on the INTERNET zone.

3) Scroll down until you find the DOWNLOADS -> FILE DOWNLOAD -> ENABLE/DISABLE option:


You’ll want to select ENABLE, and click OK.

4) You are diligently asked to confirm:


Click YES.

5) Click OK to close the INTERNET OPTIONS dialog

6) Retry your download:


You should find it to now be working.

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